Why no music support? (serious question)

Hi.
Been using Infuse Pro since it was released.
But what stuns me is the lack of music support.
It’s a very easy thing to implement, due to the already built-in support for those
formats in video files.

It looks like, from my perspective, a political decision rather a technical/roadmap one.
There has been a couple of forum posts about this and even an “official” comment somewhere with something like “we’ll consider it” …

Can we expect a music feature with at least flac/mp3 and cover support any time soon?
Or if not: Why?

Please fix this. It would make soooooo much sense, and will make it on par and even beyond on any other media players like Kodi for example.

Regards, Zeb

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I don’t think that it is because it is hard to play the audio. Obviously lots of audio formats are supported when attached to a video. I think it is that there would be a huge undertaking to support music by itself. It would require new source for metadata, artwork, creating the “library”, filter, sorting, preplayback & playback screens, new types of favorites/lists. There are still a lot of video related improvements to support. Maybe once most of those have been completed they might consider it.

I am curious why you think Infuse needs to do more than video? I personally use icloud music library (I know its not for everyone), and I feel like it would make more sense for it to be a different app than included in the same one.

I agree that infuse should do a music app, but not included with the video. They do so well with the video, think what they could do with music.
I have a huge music collection so I don’t need or want a streaming service, I want to listen to my own collection.
I use Kodi app on a fire stick tv at the moment. If infuse had a music app like their video app, I would love it. Hope they do consider it.
Apple TV pushes their music app, but I hope they don’t discourage other music apps because there no other music apps except streaming services available.
Again, an infuse music app should be considered.

You all can add your support to the thread that is already running in the Suggestions forum here.

That’s how you stand the best chance of getting it added as a feature to Infuse.

This is why I am developing music client on tvOS for Jellyfin

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To listen to music through infuse I had to do a work-around. It’s a little extra work but it gets the job done.
I create a playlist of music Files, then I run it through a converter to convert the files from mp3 to video format. I add the folder with the convert files to favourites and use local metadata so it doesn’t slow infuse. Now I can play them.
Next I add them to a playlist so infuse will play them all with shuffle feature.
I wouldn’t do this for all my music, too much work, but great for playlists.

So you are doing something like MusicChoice but in reverse haha.
I made some progress with music client for Jellyfin, however I can only test it now in simulator because Apple doesn’t want to fix bug in Xcode and I cannot connect to Apple TV wirelessly:/

Still no comment by Firecore, only “might consider it later”.
There are already support for it, why not add it?
Firecore - You doesn’t have to set the bar so high, just play audiofiles and playlists and show embedded or external jpg cover.
Care to give a serious comment? Please?

Is funny that a number of audio files format are listed as supported by Infuse 7, but nowhere is saying you need to convert them to video. Did anyone had any luck with playing plain audio with version 7?

Firecore isn’t a very customer-centric company… never explaines anything or participates at the forums. I even created a support case a month ago… silence…
So I guess upvoting functionallity and asking questions that can’t be answered by forum members are pointless…

There’s been some interest in music by some, but so far we’ve been focused on making the best video player available.

This doesn’t mean it will never happen, just that it’s a lower priority for now.

You can keep an eye on this thread for updates.

Thanks James, your answer is appreciated.

I feel that adding audio (music) support would be very in line with the scope of the application. You add (video) codecs to infuse frequently, so adding few (AAC, MP3, FLAC?) audio codecs to begin with should not be much difference. The best part of Infuse is management and allowing to organise the audio file using built in metadata would also be a good start for supporting audio files and that should not involve too much work either.

You could even collect info on how many file of each audio format your user base have in their library to decide the codec to implement first. Collecting just the number would be completely anonymous data and I think everybody would agree on you doing so…

Based on the response from those initial updates you could then decide if you could spend additional energy on the audio part, with audio specific features, additional codecs and metadata outsourcing for audio files.

Keep up with the good work.

Thanks,
Andrea Mosconi

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Well, I am trying to develop tvOS client for Jellyfin. Infuse has support for it too but only for video. Probably there is too much hassle with supporting different audio codecs on different platforms. On my client I was able for now to play only mp3 but I didn’t have time and motivation for months to finish the project. And sharing to people for test requires developer account for 99$ which I don’t have

Is Infuse going to add music player that’s from Google drive

Soon, the competition is on par, and passing Infuse.
Supporting Jellyfin but exclude music support? ?
It must be much easier to just support it than to exclude it.
It’s 1 audio file with 1 audio codec, not like video files with multiple containers, DolbyVision, complex channel support etc.
Why not comment this in the community? “we might in the future…” isn’t a serious comment. It has been years now…

Some of us have been waiting a long time for infuse to do something in the music line. Since there is nothing, at least supply a reason why. Customers not wanting this is certainly not the reason.
Could it be:

  1. Apple won’t let them compete with their own music app?
  2. Extra metadata would cause issues with Apple storage available?
  3. Don’t want to make infuse too big of an app?
  4. Don’t want the issues that come with another app?
  5. Happy with what they have and don’t want to change?
  6. This is just a hobby not a business to sell more apps?
  7. None of the above, and ain’t gonna say?
    Since infuse filled a much need gap in good apps for videos, this is why we keep asking for an a much need app for music. I know it may never happen, but we can still wish for it before another app appears and we have to switch apps and start over.
    Just thoughts from a loyal customer.

I’ve been a paying customer for years, but it’s just weird, the lack of response from Firecore.
Allmost all other ”video players” are actually media players. Not a single issue with playing any music file or codec. There are open source available, so would be easy peasy to add it in Infuse. ALSO, it would be a real benefit and competitive for Firecore to have the best and most complete media player for any iOS device.
(VLC is the king of compatibility, but seems like abandonware)